ERIC Number: ED469576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
New Strategies To Promote Stable Employment and Career Progression: An Introduction to the Employment Retention and Advancement Project.
Bloom, Dan; Anderson, Jacquelyn; Wavelet, Melissa; Gardiner, Karen N.; Fishman, Michael E.
The Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) project was undertaken to identify effective strategies for helping low-income parents work more steadily and advance in the labor market. The 15 ERA demonstration projects that were operating in nine states (California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, South Carolina; Tennessee, and Texas) as of fall 2001 were evaluated by using a random assignment procedure that was tailored to each individual project. Several projects targeted "hard to employ" groups, whereas others focused on low-income working parents and helping participants advance to higher-paying jobs. In most ERA projects, case management was not seen as the main service strategy but as the starting point to deliver other services or activities, such as education and training, financial incentives, career planning, rehabilitation services, and job search assistance. Sites were responding to the challenges of encouraging and maintaining low-wage working parents' participation in the workforce with aggressive outreach, tailored services, financial incentives, and advancement strategies that do not rely on traditional classroom-based education and training. The following items are appended: descriptions of the ERA programs; a discussion of the project evaluation procedure; and key welfare rules in the ERA states. (Contains 14 tables and 29 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Career Development, Career Ladders, Case Studies, Caseworker Approach, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Counseling Services, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employed Parents, Evaluation Methods, Family Programs, Job Placement, Labor Market, Labor Turnover, Low Income, Low Income Groups, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Promotion (Occupational), Social Services, State Regulation, Strategic Planning, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Working Poor
Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, 16 East 34 Street, New York, New York 10016. Tel: 212-532-3200; Web site: http://www.mdrc.org. For full text: http://www.mdrc.org/Reports2002/era_conferencerpt/era_2000_2001.p df.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.; Lewin Group, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Illinois; Minnesota; New York; Oregon; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families